Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department or School

Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology

Committee Member

Kristine Ajrouch, Ph.D

Committee Member

Robert Orrange, Ph.D


This study investigated attitudes of Saudi youth towards modernity and its principles, which are social progress, individualism, and democracy. Methodologically, the study used mixed methods by applying two scientific tools: semi-structured interviews and a survey. Study questions, both close-ended and open-ended, are programmed using REDCap. Data was gathered virtually via Zoom meetings. Twenty-one Saudi youth (10 males and 11 females) aged between 18 and 30 years old participated. They were recruited via social media platforms. Descriptive statistics were conducted to analyze survey data, and an inductive approach was used to analyze the semistructures interviews. The results show that the Saudi youth have an acute awareness and cautious attitudes regarding their own social, cultural, and political circumstances in dealing with modernity and its fundamental principles. However, distrust emerged as an issue in the story of Saudi modernity due to the perception that it is a government-led project and not an internal, dynamic process.

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